Welcome to another edition of Movie Review Monday!
This week's film is the 2012 apocalyptic comedic drama, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.
The story follows Dodge (Carell) and Penny (Knightley) as they look to make the most of their last weeks before an asteroid collides with the Earth, destroying all life and effectively ending the world. We witness society as it responds to this impending doom, showcasing the bliss, depression, and confusion people would feel in such a situation.
What I like about this movie is that it feels like a very realistic portrayal of what would happen in a scenario like this. You'd have some people who would go on like normal, mowing their lawns and maintaining their routines, and others who would go wild and be carefree for their final days, trying drugs and having orgies. You'd have people who were depressed and give up, and others who would make the most of their time by doing what they never got to do or doing whatever is important to them such as spending time with family or loved ones.
This film is the best comedy of this type that I've seen in the recent past. This is the End featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco is more vulgar and silly, while another movie I reviewed here on the blog from Netflix, It's a Disaster, was more absurdist and less realistic. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World really captured the emotions of it all, and had some fun, genuine humor as well (as well as its own fun cameos).
I definitely recommend checking this movie out. It really makes you think about who you'd want to be with when the world ends.
You can check out Seeking a Friend for the End of the World streaming right now on Netflix.